Olympus OM-D E-M 5 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera Unveiled

February 8, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When it comes to quality snapping devices, the first name popping up in our mind is Olympus. To keep that name up, even in the changing times, Olympus has rolled out an outstanding micro-four-thirds camera with a nostalgic attire but cutting edge technology.

Being a digital successor of the old OM film cameras from 80s, the OM-D E-M 5 digital micro thirds camera comes with a 4/3 Live MOS sensor with 16 mega pixel resolution. Though the sensor is similar to that used in the PEN series cameras, Olympus has opted for a new revamped version of the sensor for the OM-D E-M 5.

With an ISO up to 25600, the new cam from Olympus features a 3 inch OLED touch screen which can be tilted and adjusted as per convenience. To make things easier for the owner, it also features a fast auto focus system and 9 frames per second burst shooting. The rig presently offers the fastest autofocus speed than any other interchangeable camera available in the market.


Being the sixth interchangeable lens camera from Olympus, the rig is capable of shooting 1080i Full HD video clips at 60 frames per second rate. The camera also packs a body based image stabilization with the help of a built in five axis sensor shift system.

The art filters specially integrated into the technological capabilities of the device, give you five different options to be creative on your clicks.

To fight the elements of nature, all these features are well packed in a weather resistant Magnesium alloy body which is dust proof and splash proof. However, the body gives protection against extreme weather, dust and splashes of water. But, never mistake splash proof body for a waterproof one, since it cannot be submerged under water.

Being the first entry to the OM-D line, E-M5 costs $999 for its body only. Picking a lens along with it may put the price tag a little more than that, though. OM-D E-M 5 along with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens will cost $1100, and with the new 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 lens, it will cost $1300. The rig will start shipping in April in Black and White shades.

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